bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

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bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

Postby gavin » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:41 pm

What is the best wood to make a bowl horse from: hardwood or softwood ?
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Re: bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

Postby Bob_Fleet » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:47 pm

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Re: bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:23 pm

No
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Re: bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

Postby Ian S » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:32 pm

Hi Gavin

I admire Bob's laconic reply, and agree....

The wood for a bowl horse (bowl mate?) doesn't really matter - just use whatever you can get that's about 3ft long and 8 inches dia or thereabouts. The material it's made from is far less important than the weight of it - a heavier bowl mate will be more stable under serious welly with an adze but less transportable (my wee folding workmate look-a-like really wasn't strong enough, as you saw, but was easily transportable).

When you use a bowl mate, you'll see that the main adzing force tends to be vertically downwards or diagonally downwards, rather than lengthwise. The half-log section of the base is easily enough to cope with that force, and the full diameter end pieces are long enough at 8 inches plus to be very difficult (well nigh impossible I'd think) to pop off in a cleaving action.

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Re: bowl horse - best from hardwood, or softwood?

Postby gavin » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:56 pm

Ok, I'll make one of each and report back.
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